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U.S. successfully tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

This U.S. Department of Defense handout photo taken Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time shows a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 km of flight. | SCOTT HOWE / DOD / VIA AFP-JIJI

The U.S. Defense Department announced on Monday the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile, just weeks after tearing up the Cold War-era pact with ...

New planet discovered in orbit of young Milky Way star

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

A second planet has been discovered circling Beta Pictoris, a fledgling star in our own galaxy offering astronomers a rare glimpse of a planetary system ...

Controversial study links fluoridated water during pregnancy to lower IQ in offspring

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Tap water is seen in Washington Monday. A study published Monday links exposure to fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, but several outside experts expressed concern over its methodology and questioned its findings. Fluoride has been added to community water supplies in industrial countries to prevent tooth decay since the 1950s. | AFP-JIJI

A study published Monday linked consumption of fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, a finding at odds with decades of ...

Danish leader calls Trump’s notion of buying resource-rich Greenland ‘absurd’

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is greeted by Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen as she arrives in Nuuk, Greenland, Sunday. | RITZAU SCANPIX / VIA REUTERS

Greenland is not for sale and U.S. President Donald Trump’s idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is “an absurd ...

G7 summit likely to skip communique, reflecting gulf between U.S. and Europe, Japan source says

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump talk during the Group of 20 summit meeting in Osaka on June 28. | KYODO

The Group of Seven major industrial nations is on course to forgo adopting a communique at a three-day summit from Saturday in Biarritz, southwestern France, ...

Ibaraki road-rage assault suspect referred to prosecutors

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

A 43-year-old man was referred to prosecutors Tuesday for allegedly punching a man after forcing him to pull over on an expressway in Ibaraki Prefecture ...

Women made up record 37% of successful civil-service examinees in fiscal 2019

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

The ratio of women who passed annual non-career-track national civil service examinations rose 3.4 points in fiscal 2019 from the previous year, to a record ...

Migrants jump off rescue boat to try in vain to reach Italian island

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

A still image taken from video shows migrants attempting to swim ashore after jumping off the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, Sunday. | OPEN ARMS / HANDOUT / REUTERS TV / VIA REUTERS

Several migrants jumped into the sea from a Spanish rescue boat Sunday in a thwarted bid to reach shore in Italy, where the government’s hard-line ...

White House aide Larry Kudlow confirms Trump still interested in buying not-for-sale Greenland

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

Homes are illuminated after the sunset in Tasiilaq, Greenland, Friday. | AP

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow is confirming that President Donald Trump “wants to take a look at” buying Greenland, although the semi-autonomous territory of ...

Images from space suggest Iran prepping rocket to launch satellite

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

This Aug. 9 satellite image from Planet Labs Inc., that has been annotated by experts at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, shows activity at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province. Iran appears to be preparing to attempt another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite U.S. accusations that the Islamic Republic's program helps it develop ballistic missiles. | PLANET LABS INC, MIDDLEBURY INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES / VIA AP

Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite U.S. accusations that the Islamic Republic’s ...

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